ABOUT ASHEVILLE NC
Asheville is a 7 mile (15 minute) drive to downtown parking
National Geographic Traveler name Asheville as one of the “Best U.S. Small Cities for 2018” (January 2018)
CNN Travel name Asheville as one of the “18 Best Places to Visit in 2018” (January 2018)
Southern Living selected Asheville as one of it’s “15 Southern Cities All Food Lovers Should Visit Now” (August 2017)
SmartAsset name Asheville as one of “The Best Cities for Beer Drinkers – 2017 Edition” (December 2017)
Expedia listed Asheville as one of “12 Best Music Towns in the Nation” (September 2017)
There are too many great restaurants in the Asheville area to list all of them. There are even a few James Beard chef nominees in the downtown district. There are great restaurants in Biltmore Village, West Asheville, the River Arts District and the surrounding mountain towns. There are many Farm-to-Table dining options as Farm-to-Table is more than just a trend in Asheville, it’s the foundation that many restaurants were built upon.
We’ve come up with list of some of our favorite restaurants and hope it makes your restaurant decisions a little easier. Click here to see our list.
Brewpubs & Libations
It’s been said that Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other city in the U.S. Numerous accolades have been awarded to Asheville for their craft breweries, micro-breweries, pubs, cider houses and craft cocktail bars. The “South Slope” section of Asheville would be the place we’d suggest you start your pub crawl. This small section of town has seen a transformation into a beer lover’s paradise. You can hit six different brewpubs by walking around a single block in the South Slope. Here’s a list of some of our Favorite Brewpubs & Libations.
River Arts District
The River Arts District consists of over 200 brilliant and friendly world-class artists and working studios in 22 former industrial and historical buildings spread over a mile along the French Broad River. This developing district also has top notch restaurants and brewpubs. Discover your “inner artist” here! You can browse, shop, watch artists as they create or participate and make your own art. Don’t leave Asheville without visiting the River Arts District. Click here for a map of the River Arts District.
Eclectic would be the best way to describe shopping in Asheville. The five shopping districts in Asheville where you’ll find mostly independently owned stores are Downtown, Biltmore Village, River Arts District, West Asheville and Biltmore Park. There’s also great shopping in the nearby mountain towns. If you like antique shopping, make sure you visit the Tobacco Barn on Swannanoa Rd. Just down the road from the Tobacco barn is Bryant Antiques, Oddfellows Antiques, Nostalgique and Local Antiques. Asheville is a fantastic place to shop for antiques!
Asheville has several small music venues where you can see great local bands along with touring bands that play all genres. The music scene in Asheville is no secret. Thrillist named Asheville one of America’s 12 Greatest Music Cities. The most popular venues are Asheville Music Hall, The Grey Eagle, Highland Brewing Company, ISIS Music Hall, Jack of the Wood, The Odditorium, Orange Peel, Pack’s Tavern and Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain. While walking downtown Asheville, there’s a good chance you’ll run into street musicians and other performance art including mimes, magicians, human statues and more! Click here for music venues and their events calendars.